Budget problems won’t stop San Francisco officials’ pay raises 

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, mayor and other elected officials stand to receive thousands of dollars in pay increases next year even as The City faces a $306 million deficit and is asking employees to give up more out of their paychecks to fund skyrocketing pension costs.

The salary levels were set Monday by the Civil Commission, which is charged with the task under a voter-approved charter amendment.

The salaries of each of the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors will increase by nearly $2,000 next fiscal year, from $96,549 to $98,469. Other, more highly-compensated elected officials, such as the city attorney, will see their salaries grow next year compared to this year by more than $4,000. The mayor’s salary will increase by $5,462 from $247,473 to $252,935.

Tom O’Connor, president of the San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798, who is negotiating pension changes with city leaders, said he had no problem with the pay increases.

“I think the guys and gals are underpaid for what they do. It’s a hard job,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor said if any pension measures pass this November, elected officials will start paying into the pension fund.

“Everybody’s on board for that,” he said.

The commission arrived at the pay-raise amounts by using a complicated formula that factored in inflation. The raises would have been higher, but the salary bumps were partially reduced to reflect pay concessions made by city employees. A provision in the charter requires the commission to adjust the salaries based on any concessions.

Human Resources Director Micki Callahan said she wasn’t sure if the commission has any other choice, but noted there is a distinct difference in how the elected officials’ pay will change compared to city workers’ pay.

“The electeds receive a cost-of-living adjustment and then the concession, whereas the city employees are just simply having the concession,” she said.

The newly set salaries of the supervisors for next fiscal year will still be below the salary levels of 2009, before labor concessions began to trigger reductions.  The supervisors’ current-year salary reflects a 4.62 percent reduction from the full base salary.

But members of the Board of Supervisors and the other elected officials will see their salaries return to preconcession levels if there are no labor concessions at the conclusion of next fiscal year. Board members would be earning at least $102,743 in fiscal year 2012-13 under that scenario.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

Going up

Salary increases for San Francisco elected officials:

FY2010-2011
FY2011-2012
Supervisors $96,549 $98,469
Assessor-Recorder $163,260 $166,509
City Attorney $206,768 $210,883
District Attorney $213,365 $217,610
Mayor $247,473 $252,397
Public Defender $196,625 $200,537
Treasurer $159,122 $162,288
Sheriff $195,837 $199,733

Source: Civil Service Commission

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